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  • Monument Name

    Confederate Captains from Person County (1931), Roxboro

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Roxboro

  • County

    Person

  • Description

    This rectangular stone marker with roughly-cut edges has inscribed on it the names of Confederate captains from Person county who lost their lives in the Civil War.

  • Inscription

    CAPT. E. FLETCHER SATTERFIELD, / CO. H, 55TH N. C. REGIMENT / FARTHEST AT GETTYSBURG - KILLED IN ACTION / JUNE 17, 1837 - JULY 3, 1863 / CAPT. JAMES C BAILEY, / CO. H, 24TH N. C. REGIMENT / CAPT. CARTER DAY, / CO. E, 35TH N. C. REGIMENT / CAPT. JOHN G. DILLEHAY, / CO. A, 24TH N. C. REGIMENT / CAPT. HAYWOOD W. HARRIS, / CO.E, 35TH N. C. REGIMENT / CAPT. JAMES A. BURCH, / CO.A, 50TH N. C. REGIMENT / CAPT. J. W. PHILPOTT, / CO.E, 35TH N. C. REGIMENT / CAPT. JAMES HOLEMAN CO.A, 24TH REGIMENT N. C / ERECTED BY THE PERSON COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE U.D.C. MAY 9, 1931

  • Custodian

    Person County

  • Dedication Date

    May 9, 1931

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.393740 , -78.983870 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Capt. Edward Fletcher Satterfield," Find A Grave, www.findagrave.com, (accessed April 5, 2021) Link

      Lavigne, Lora. “Roxboro Residents Raising Money to Relocate Confederate Monuments from County Courthouse,” WRAL.com (Raleigh, NC), February 2, 2021, (accessed May 17, 2021) Link

      Payne, Emani. "Roxboro Confederate Statues to Stay for Now as County Says It Lacks Funds,” CBS17, (Raleigh, NC), July 13, 2020,(accessed May 17, 2021) Link

      Shubert, Judith Richards. “For the Honor Roll Project at Nutfield Genealogy ~ Person County, North Carolina,” Geneology Traces, http://genealogytraces.blogspot.com, (accessed November 22, 2016) Link

      Willoughby, George. "No Timeline for Statue Removal," The Courier-Times (Roxboro, NC), personcountylife.com, (accessed June 22, 2021) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Person County Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Subject Notes

    The monument commemorates Confederate leaders from Person County who were killed in battle, perhaps the most famous being Captain Edward Satterfield who went "the farthest at Gettysburg."

  • Controversies

    Following the massacre of nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015 by white supremacist Dylann Roof, Americans, especially southerners, have reflected on and argued over the historical legacy of slavery, the Civil War, the Confederacy, and white supremacy. Monuments have been a particular focus of these debates and controversies, especially after the death of a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 and after President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to the removal of Confederate memorials. Despite laws in many southern states intended to prevent or impede the removal or relocation of historical monuments, protesters and local community leaders have removed or relocated controversial monuments associated with slavery, the Confederacy, and white supremacy. The pace of the removal of controversial monuments accelerated sharply in 2020, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Against the backdrop of protests against police brutality and white supremacy across the nation, local authorities in many communities in North Carolina removed and/or relocated monuments that were the focus of civil unrest.

    Although being open to relocating the monument to Confederate Captains from Person County and the Confederate Monument, the Person County Commissioners declared in July 2020 that no money was available to relocate the monuments. The Roxboro Veterans Council then offered to move the memorials to their veterans’ park if funds could be raised to do so. In August 2020 the commissioners voted unanimously to relocate the monuments pending private funding. A private donor had agreed to provide the estimated $25,000 needed for relocation but then backed out. In February 2021, a local nonprofit, Personians Against Injustice and Racism, created a GoFundMe page to kick start the fundraising effort.

  • Location

    The memorial is located on the courthouse square in downtown Roxboro, NC near the intersection of Main Street and Court Street just to the right of the Confederate Memorial and to the left of World War Two Memorial. Located on the other corner of the courthouse square (intersection of S Main Street and Abbitt Street) are Robert Lester Blackwell Memorial, Veterans Memorial and Korean War Memorial.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on the landscaped courthouse lawn.

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